Woodford County softball set for state tournament

LEXINGTONG, Ky. (WKYT) - It only took one swing of the bat

"As soon as she hit it everybody was up on the fence and already running out of the dugout," said outfielder Kyla Simpson.

In Woodford Co.'s Regional Final against Scott Co., Freshman Delany Enlow led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run. It would represent the first run of the game between the top two teams in the state.

"The minute she hit contact, the ball was gone and I was just sprinting out the dugout trying to get in front," said third baseman Marly Maristany

"The relief on our side was impalpable," said head coach Les Anderson.

But second ranked Woodford Co. still had to hold off No. 1 Scott Co. for six more outs. It was up to senior pitcher Bethany Todd and the defense.

"Usually when I play them I'm really nervous," said Todd. "but I just really wanted it so bad. I wanted it for my team. We worked so hard. So I just came out ready to play."

"I still watch that video of that last pitch on that strike three and I cry like every single time," said Ariel Dailey.

After losing to Scott Co. in the 11th Region finals for two-straight years, it was Woodford Co.'s turn to celebrate.

"The moment that we knew we beat Scott Co. was just like a relief," said Maristany.

"It's just an amazing feeling just to get there finally and it's just never happened," said first baseman Caitlin Karo.

The win secured Woodford Co.'s first trip to the state tournament since 2006.

"For us to finally get over the hurdle and get a chance to go to state is amazing," said Anderson.

Now the Yellowjackets will try to make another memory and bring home the program's first state title.

"It would be amazing," said Dailey. "It would be something unreal. It would be a memory I would never forget, and I'd be pretty proud to be a part of this team."

Woodford Co. will begin play at the State Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. against Mercy.

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